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Access & Borrowing

The Michigan School of Professional Psychology is a private educational and research institution. Moustakas Johnson Library services are intended primarily for the use of current students, faculty, and staff.

Circulating materials are distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis to library borrowers.

Library Loan Policies

Patrons of the Moustakas Johnson Library are expected to keep track of the items they have borrowed and return them in good condition and on time so that they are available to other borrowers. Borrowers may have a maximum of 20 items on their accounts at any given time. Borrowers should not allow others to use materials checked out under their name.

It is the patron’s responsibility to know the due date of the materials checked out and the fine rates for returning them late. As a courtesy, the library emails reminder notices prior to the due date. Borrowers may request up to 6 renewals on most materials if they call or email the library before the due date. They may also request that a hold be placed on any items currently checked out to other borrowers. Patrons also have the ability to create a login for their library account so that they may perform these functions independently.

Once an item is past due, borrowers will receive an overdue notice by email. Failure to receive a notice does not exempt borrowers from overdue fines, replacement, or processing charges. Students who have lost items and/or accrued fines of $25.00 will have their borrowing privileges suspended and a hold placed on their academic record.

General Circulation

There is a two-week lending period* for circulating books and audio-visual materials. If an item is not returned on time, there is a 14-day grace period to return or renew it before fines are assessed.

Restricted Circulation

Restricted circulation items and their borrowing periods are shown below. There is no grace period for the late return of these items. The library has an extensive collection of psychological test materials to support the assessment courses taught at MiSPP. Ethical and legal considerations, eligibility, conditions for borrowing, and overdue policies for test materials are further explained on the Testing Materials Policies and Procedures page.

Restricted Circulation Item

Borrowing Period

Tests** 7 days
Test Scoring Counters 1 hour (in WRC only)
Course Reserves 4 hours in building
Reference 4 hours in building
Journals 4 hours in building
In-House Use Only (e.g., some theses and dissertations) 4 hours in building
Equipment (e.g., wireless pointers) 4 hours in building

* Fourth-year doctoral students, faculty, and staff have a 30-day loan period on these items.

** Priority for checking out testing materials is given to students enrolled in testing and assessment courses.

InterLibrary Loan materials must be renewed or returned by their due date without exception.


Library users are encouraged to contact the library staff to renew items prior to or on the day items are due. Library users can renew any item up to 6 times provided that the item is not needed by another person or for a class. Renewals can be made in person, by phone at 248.476.1122, ext. 114, or by contacting the library.

Recalls and Holds

Faculty may recall items needed for instruction. Current students, faculty, and staff may place hold requests for items. The library notifies individuals when materials on hold become available.

Overdues and Fines

After the expiration of the grace period, if there is one, fines begin to accrue. Until the item is returned, fines for general circulation items are billed to the student’s library account at $1.00 per day, and fines for restricted circulation items are billed at $5.00 per day. Fines may be paid at any time using the library’s online form.

Once a general circulation item is overdue for 21 days, it is considered lost.

Once a restricted circulation item is overdue for 7 days, it is considered lost.

When an item is considered lost, borrowing privileges will be suspended and the student’s account will be billed for the accrued fines, the replacement cost of the item, and a $10.00 processing fee. Replacement costs on items will vary. In addition, an academic hold will be placed on the student’s school account.

Library privileges will be reinstated and the academic hold removed after all materials have been returned and/or all fines and/or replacement costs and fees have been paid in full.

Students who return materials thought to be lost, for which they have already been billed, pay only a $10.00 processing fee upon return of the items. Students who return an item after they have paid the bill will receive a refund for the item’s replacement cost only. If a replacement has already been ordered, however, no refund will be issued.


The Moustakas Johnson Library is open to visitors by appointment. All visitors are required to register with the circulation desk.